YOUNGSTOWN - An East Side man is in the Mahoning County Jail after police say he led them on a chase Tuesday morning from the South Side through Campbell and Struthers, and back to the East Side.
Officers tried to pull over a car about 10 a.m. Tuesday on Ravenwood Avenue for having too much window tint, a police report states. The driver refused to stop, and the car took off at a high rate of speed toward South Avenue.
Reports state the car drove down South Avenue toward downtown before hitting a light pole on Watt Street. The vehicle was stuck, but the driver was revving the engine and trying to drive away, reports state.
An officer drew his weapon, opened the driver's side door and ordered the driver, later identified as Michael Gibson, 37, of Fincastle Lane, out of the car. Instead, Gibson kept revving the engine and tried to hit the officer, the police report states.
The car was rammed by a cruiser but still broke free and continued down Himrod Avenue, McCartney Road, state Route 616 and Struthers-Coitsville Road, reports state.
At one point, besides different units from Struthers, Campbell and Lowellville, seven cruisers from Youngstown were involved in the chase.
The chase ended when Gibson's car hit a guardrail on Wilson Avenue, and he ran into the woods to the bank of the Mahoning River, where he was caught and arrested at gunpoint, the police report states.
He faces charges of reckless operation, felonious assault on a police officer, fleeing and eluding and driving under suspension.
A records check showed the car he was driving was reported stolen out of Warren, the report states.